Jude ended his letter the same way that he began it—by giving words of assurance to those who know the Savior.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present your faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.”
This great doxology shows that the people of God need not stand in their own strength. God alone has the power to protect us from ourselves and to preserve our eternity. He is determined to present us “faultless” and will do this in His own glorious presence, with great joy. This is the same joy that compelled Christ to go to the cross on our behalf (heb. 12). It is Christ’s work on the cross that makes our forgiveness and transformation possible.
Centuries before Jude lived, Jeremiah quoted the Lord as saying, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me” (9:23-24).
Our response is to worship our God. We acknowledge His “glory” (honor and esteem), “majesty” (praise for God’s matchless attributes), “dominion” (recognition of His right to rule), and “power” (God’s omnipotence and lordship).
We are not just to celebrate God’s greatness forever in the future, but also now, in our everyday lives. Let’s respond to His provision by glorifying Him each day by the way we live.
In a day of false teachers, there is no substitute for embracing the God of all truth. If you do not have a relationship with God, you can know Him today. Place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior—the living Truth in a world dominated by error.
* Greek definitions taken from:
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition.), New York: United Bible Societies, 1996.
* G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed., Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (electronic ed.), Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964.